Publication Details

Lyons, G. C. B., Deane, F. P. & Kelly, P. J. (2013). Faith-based substance abuse programs. In P. M. Miller (Eds.), Interventions For Addiction (pp. 147-153). San Diego, United States: Academic Press.


Faith-based programs are one of the primary treatment options for individuals with substance use disorders. However, there is ambiguity regarding what faith-based programs are, how they differ from secular programs, and how they incorporate religion or spirituality into treatment. Furthermore, though evidence suggests faith-based programs can be as effective as other secular treatments, it is unclear how the utilization of religion or spirituality in the treatment process influences recovery outcomes. Preliminary research suggests that the exploration and cultivation of spirituality may operate on recovery by improving a client's psychological well-being, social support systems, and the ability to cope with distress.